Thursday, February 19, 2009

Anyone Else Feeling A Daytona Letdown?

I must admit, I am, even with the big win from the #17 team.  It doesn't help matters to go to California, where someone will win by 5 seconds.  Maybe I'll turn it around.  It is worth mentioning, however, there will be more than 43 cars attempting to qualify for the race.  Take that, NASCAR nay-sayers and pessimists.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Kenseth!

From a winless 2008 to standing on top of the world...

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Matt Hawkins, 21, Dies Overnight In His Home

This is so sad to hear on the day of the Daytona 500...

Here's the story from the media.

Matt Hawkins had a world of talent and the world in front of him... now he's gone. 

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Daytona 500 Prediction


Call me a sucker.  I can't help it.  This is probably the 4th or 5th year in a row that I've done this, but I keep coming back for more.  One year I want to be right.

Do it, Mark.  Do it.  There won't be a dry eye watching if you win this race tomorrow.  You've earned it after everything you've done in your career.  The timing couldn't be better.  You've got the best car you've had in this race.  You have teammates that will work with you.  Own it, Mark.  This is your race.

The Rest Of My 2009 Champions/ROTYs

Yeah, I've been a little slack - but I want my predictions on record.  I'll let The Joker set me up:



Camping World Truck Series Rookie of the Year - Tayler Malsam

It's a sweep for Randy Moss Motorsports, and judging by his run last night, he should contend for good finishes most of the year.

Sprint Cup Series Rookie of the Year - Joey Logano

It's either Logano or Speed and any reader of this blog for any length of time should know where my loyalties lie.  Joey Logano has a top ride, a championship crew, and all the talent in the world.  He'll easily win ROTY and he'll win a race this year in the top series.  Put that on my record too.

Nationwide Series Champion - Kyle Busch

I love Carl, but if Kyle's running the full year in these cars, look out.  The JGR Nationwide team is the best in the business.  Besides, Carl has a bigger trophy waiting for him...

The 2009 Sprint Cup Series Champion - Carl Edwards

It's his time.  He's the perfect driver for these cars and he could have won it last year.  He'll win 7 or 8 races this year and take the title, ending Jimmie Johnson's reign at the top.  Carl Edwards has arrived.  In Homestead in November, I'll be happy to call him champ.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Camping World Truck Series - Tonight

Colin Braun sits on the pole, maybe he'll get that first win tonight.  Complete lineup here.

Check out a few items from Longhorn, the new sponsor of Ron Hornaday.  Who says we can't get new sponsors?  Anyway, enjoy the race tonight.



Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Coming Up: 4 Days Of Joy

Thursday
Gatorade Duels (I can't see them live, so I'm watching the replay at 7 PM and if anyone tries to tell me the results before I watch them, so help me God I will find you and smite you)

Friday
Camping World Trucks

Saturday
Nationwide Series

Sunday
Sprint Cup... the 51st annual DAYTONA 500

Ahhh... I love racing. Now some random links for your enjoyment.

- Jeff Gordon writes an article for Guideposts magazine. It's worth the click.

- Daytona will be repaved in a few years, but not everyone's happy. I need to stew on it a bit.

- A pair of stories from Yahoo Sports to check out.

- Roush announces Erik Darnell's Nationwide schedule. I wish he had a full-time ride, but I guess this is better than nothing. Interestingly, Biffle and Kenseth are splitting a car with Ricky Stenhouse too.

- If you're interested in the Vegas odds on the 500, click here. I myself would never be foolish enough to bet on racing, but hey, live and let live.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Points Transfer Madness

Richard Petty and Phoenix Racing are both upset at NASCAR allowing points transfers that kick their respective teams out of the top 35 and being locked in for the first 5 races of 2009.  The beneficiaries are Richard Childress Racing and JTG Daugherty Racing, specifically the #33 of Clint Bowyer and the #47 of Kangaroo Meat.  Here's my question: since when should teams be surprised that NASCAR's making arbitrary rules?  That's the way the Frances have run the sport since Big Bill France started organizing races in Florida in 1936.  The way it's been, the way it is, and in all liklihood will continue to be.

However, there will be cars on the track tomorrow night in a race, and I'm damn excited.  It's that time of year again!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Penske Racing Skirts The Rules Yet Again

The levels Roger Penske goes to in the racing business never ceases to amaze me.  Today, he bought the #22 of the former Bill Davis Racing, in order to attain the top 35 owners points - and will transfer them so Sam Hornish will be locked into the Daytona 500.

How nice: Hornish is locked in, and a future 4th Penske team could match the numbers: 2, 12, 22.  I hope they didn't say that seriously.

No matter how you feel about Penske, they're a smart group.  Perhaps more than that, I love how they continuously maneuver around NASCAR's rules.  Last year, they switched the #2's points to Hornish for his rookie year.  NASCAR then says no more of that.  This year, they buy a team and give the owner "minority interest" in the team and bam, there's the points.  It took them a little while to figure out the sponsorship deal with Alltel, but sure enough, the #12 for David Stremme will be fully funded by Verizon.

The teams haven't been running well on the track, but they've run circles around NASCAR's rules, and I've enjoyed watching.  It once again proves the point I've been saying for years: RACE TEAMS ARE SMARTER THAN NASCAR EXECUTIVES!!!